Phelps' adoptive town stops (briefly) to watch history

Updated: August 17, 2008, 4:13 PM ET
By George Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Without question, this is a college football town. The University of Michigan has a new coach, and in two weeks Utah comes to town. That's what people are talking about.

But for the past eight days, swimming has been a prime topic of conversation as well, in particular the exploits in Beijing of Michael Phelps, who for the past four years has honed his considerable skills in Ann Arbor.

Saturday night, in bars and restaurants on campus and around town, ...

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